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Old 04-30-2009, 02:31 PM
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One of my friends picked up an '81 Toyota Starlet a couple weeks ago. It's been at another guys house, but he had to get rid of it so it's going to reside in my garage for a little while until he can get it down to his house.

Maybe I've just been living in a cave, but I'd actually never heard of the car until he started looking at it. It's in desperate need of some serious loving but seems like it has a lot of potential. It needs a new clutch, we went ahead and pulled the tranny last night. It's funny, this thing's tranny/clutch makes the miata look like a monstertruck.


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My parents bought a Starlet brand new. Last new car my family purchased actually. Paid like $3500 or so I think Dad once told me. I still remember seeing them drive up in it. Not exactly a roomy car for a family of 4, but we made it work. I never would have guessed they would become so sought after. I'd love to have one now!
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Why are they so sought after?
Light and rwd?
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60 Series
Production 1978–1984
Body style(s) 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
5-door station wagon
Layout FR layout
Platform P60
Engine(s) 2K, 3K & 4K
Transmission(s) K40 (4-speed)
K50 (5-speed)

I've always loved those, I would take one any day
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Some people really build these things up. 4-AGE engines are a big thing to swap in. I imagine you could make one hell of an autocross car out of one of those. Nevermind the sleeper factor
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